Mets haven’t been much help to buyers at recent trade deadlines
By Tim Boyle
When the New York Mets are trade deadline sellers, they rarely move players who end up on championship teams. In recent years, the Mets have offered little help to contenders.
The New York Mets have been sellers at the last two trade deadlines. Unless they’re completely fooling themselves, the same thing will happen again in 2019.
In 2017 and 2018, the Mets moved every veteran on an expiring contract that they could. They never got much back in return in all of those deals. At least, as of now, no one has had a major impact in the big leagues.
On the other side of things, the Mets also haven’t been much help to buyers. They didn’t send anyone to the 2018 World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. A year earlier, the Houston Astros received no aid from the Mets either at the trade deadline.
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One trade over the past two seasons that does stand out is the deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. The Mets sent them veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson in exchange for pitcher Jacob Rhame. While the Dodgers didn’t win it all, they did make it to the World Series. However, Granderson’s impact was more negative than positive. He hit .161 in the regular season and went 1 for 15 in the playoffs. His performance was so bad, he didn’t even play in the World Series.
Prior to the runs in 2015 and 2016, the team didn’t have much trade deadline activity in their losing seasons. They lacked the veterans on expiring contracts we often see dealt as rentals.
Even the Carlos Beltran trade to the San Francisco Giants didn’t do much good. The 2011 deal happened in a season where the Giants missed the playoffs entirely. So, even that blockbuster deal didn’t factor much into the other team’s success.
Meanwhile, quite the opposite could be said about the Mets’ history at the trade deadline. Both of their World Series MVPs were acquired in summer trades. While Ray Knight didn’t win his in the same year he joined the Amazins, 1969 World Series MVP Donn Clendenon won his award only months later.
Even in more recent times, we saw the impact Yoenis Cespedes had on the 2016 team. The Metropolitans haven’t been on the opposite end of any deal like this in any recent season. The men they’ve moved either play poorly or see their season end after 162 games.
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At this year’s trade deadline, we may see the same thing occur. It’s not yet known just how far the team is willing to go when it comes to unloading talent. If the trend continues, we won’t see any of this franchise’s former players celebrating on a float in another uniform.